Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Citing the heavier tasks taken on by teachers deputized for election service, ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio called on Congress to give the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) enough funds to enable it to fairly compensate teachers.
Tinio noted at the COMELEC budget briefing that the Aquino administration’s proposed budget for the poll body is insufficient by at least P80 million for the honoraria and allowances of election workers, mostly public school teachers.
Due to automation, teachers were heavier and additional tasks. More voters, for example, were clustered in each precinct, resulting to an increased work load for members of the boards of election inspectors (BEIs). In addition to taking on bloated precincts, teachers handle additional tasks such as PCOS testing and training before election day.
No additional budget, however, is being provided by the government to compensate teachers for these tasks, Tinio lamented.
The progressive solon pointed out in particular transportation allowance for BEIs. The proposed budget would enable COMELEC to give only P500 instead of the P700 reportedly given during the 2010 elections.
At Tinio’s urging, COMELEC Chair Sixto Brillantes committed to retain the amount of transportation allowance given last elections. He also raised the possibility of an increased honorarium through fund realignment, from savings out of contract bids for marking pens, thermal papers, and other materials.
Tinio said that to enable COMELEC to run the coming elections smoothly with respect to teachers’ rights, the House Committee on Appropriations should commit at least P80 million, the estimated funding requirement to increase the honorarium from P4,000 to P5,000.
Previously, Tinio called for higher COMELEC budget to ensure adequate physical, political, and legal protection of BEIs, aside from fair compensation for election service. ###